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September 30, 2015   |  National League of Cities
A new report from the National League of Cities (NLC) reveals that municipal finances have stabilized in the wake of the Great Recession, but the recession's effects are still evident in city budgets across the nation.


September 24, 2015
Statesboro's Right Start program is a development tool used in aiding potential businesses and developers to make their enterprises and ideas successful. In this video presentation, Statesboro Planning and Development Director Mandi Cody provides an overview of the program. 


September 14, 2015   |  Otis White, President, Civic Strategies Inc.
Civic projects are complex undertakings operating in difficult environments. They require a set of talents and skills that must be assembled. Every community has these people. What they don't have is a template for putting these efforts together.


September 10, 2015
GMA recently completed a series of five workshops around the state featuring representatives from state and federal agencies sharing information about resources available to cities in Georgia.


September 10, 2015
In May of 2015, six students, three each from Georgia State Univeristy and the Univeristy of Georgia, presented the results of their work as part of GMA's Local Government Practicum. A brief overview of each project and links to Powerpoint presentations and/or a final report are listed below.


September 3, 2015
SoHo Lofts is a renovation project that not only trans­formed a cornerstone building into three commer­cial spaces, but also introduced small scale lodging to historic downtown Milledgeville. 


September 3, 2015
On the last Saturday in October, runners of various skill levels gather to run the Boston. The Boston Mini Mara­thon that is. Boston, Georgia—a town of one-square-mile near Thomasville—hosts a junior version of the famed Boston, Mass., Marathon.


September 3, 2015
A new brewery scheduled to open near downtown Greensboro next spring promises to give the city a tourism boost.


September 3, 2015
In Atlanta and several Georgia cities bicycling tour­ism is thriving and having an economic impact.


August 5, 2015
The city of Pembroke is hoping it will soon have a new public playground. “We currently have no place for the kids to play,” said city Councilmember Tiffany Walraven. “We were forced to dismantle our old playground because of safety concerns.”


August 5, 2015

Pickleball and disc golf appear to be taking many Georgia cities by storm, attracting young and mature adults to city parks and recreational facilities—without large government invest­ments.


July 30, 2015
In this video, Woodstock City Manager Jeff Moon provides an overview of Woodstock's Newly Elected Officials Orientation process. 


July 28, 2015
This listing of state mandated reports and survey is provided for general informational purpose only and should not be considered as legal advice.


July 27, 2015   |  U.S. EPA
Over time, all communities experience changes that affect the industries, technologies, and land use patterns that help form the foundation of their local economies. Economically resilient towns, cities, and regions adapt to changing conditions and even reinvent their economic bases if necessary.


June 28, 2015
The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) in partnership with the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) released a new industry impact report – “Leveraging Public Investment in the Arts.” This report contains a series of case studies and project studies that illuminate the positive impact of the arts as an economic development tool in Georgia’s communities.  


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